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That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland


Published 1916
Topics Oldtime


This cylinder is a transcription, taken from a diamond disc. What is important about the recording is that it is the recording to mention the word Jazz. Now in the spelling of the time they wrote Jas, and of course this led to Jass, and finally to the spelling that is known throughout the world Jazz. What is interesting about this record is the orchestra playing behind the singers as they try to sound like a Jas Band, but as you will hear they really didn't know.


Source http://www.edisonnj.org/menlopark/
Run time 3:38
Label / Recorded by Menlo Park

Notes

Digital recording from blue amberol made at Menlo Park.
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Reviews

Reviewer: stevenc - - October 1, 2009
Subject: Funny "Jas"...?!
The funniest thing about this recording is listening to the Edison "house band" trying to play jazz (and failing...?!) However, when the record was made, VERY few white musicians had listened to jazz!
Reviewer: Pixiecherries - - August 19, 2007
Subject: Birth of jazz
The first dixieland jazz music recordings were made in New York City on January 30, 1917. Ironically it was by white musicians who were called "The Original Dixieland Jazz Band". Their music borrowed heavily from marching band style music, but it was also based on true New Orleans jazz. Yes, jazz had it's roots in the south. But it was an evolution of African music mixed with European music. After the civil war, many of the instruments carried by the soldiers were just dropped in fields and left for anyone to take. Poor black slaves took them and started using them to polish off the true jazz sound. The birth of jazz was a process, but New Orleans was the melding pot one might say.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - June 26, 2005
Subject: The Birth of Jazz?
Great little duet happening here with these two. Not 100% sure if this is the first ever Jazz song recorded, and I'm also not too sure if Jazz takes it roots from Dixieland. Anyways, this is a cute dixieland record anyways, with some comedy thrown in too. This is also a good jazz band (from Dixieland)
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